September 9: Otis Redding was born in 1941

 Otis Redding was soul, but Otis Redding was country, too. That was a point on which he always insisted, and that was the way others saw him. His strength was his simplicity, even if the simplicity was hard-won. The basis for his music was sincerity, not spectacular showmanship; he was at heart a stand-up singer whose power came from his …

Happy 75th birthday Mavis Staples

Well, you know I’ve always liked Mavis Staples ever since she was a little girl. She’s always been my favorite… She’s always had my favorite voice. ~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, Nov 1969) The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself (Live 1972 – Wattstax music festival): – Wikipedia: Birth name Mavis Staples Born July 10, 1939 (age 75) Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Genres Rhythm and blues, soul, gospel Occupations …

Eddie Floyd is 77 Happy Birthday

.. a workmanlike singer and a very accomplished songwriter, who showed occasional flashes of brilliance. ~The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B “…I’d had nothing directly to do with Motown while I’d been in Detroit, I’d still been around a lotta their artists and seen from a distance how they did things. And so, when I eventually got to Memphis, …

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